Celebrity sightings are everywhere these days, and Atlanta is no exception. In fact, Atlanta is quickly becoming the “L.A. of the South” – many television shows and movies are filmed here, and many celebrities fall in love with the city and purchase homes here. Atlanta has a thriving music industry, too, with many artists from the hip-hop, R&B, and gospel world having their albums produced by local record producers, and many of those artists ultimately making Atlanta their homes. Grammy-winning producer, composer, and engineer Khari Cain (aka Needlz) is one of those artists, putting down roots as well as beats in Atlanta. Cain, his wife Mañana, and their children live in Brookhaven, a highly sought-after and booming area in Atlanta with a great walkability factor and a ton of culture. Their fabulous home in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park has just gone on the market, and it is a symphony of elegance, luxury, comfort, and warmth.
NOT JUST A PLACE TO LIVE… A HOME
Craftsman details and landscaped grounds greet you as you walk up to this picturesque home. Step onto the quintessentially Southern rocking chair front porch, where flower pots and hanging plants add pops of color to the brick backdrop. As you step through the front door, you are immediately enveloped in opulence, and your attention is drawn to the thoughtful details and abundance of natural light. The rich hardwood floors travel the entire three levels of the home and the guest suite. To your left is the magazine-worthy grand living room, and to your right, a chic dining room that can handle a crowd. The homeowners added decorative trim to the dining room walls, adding visual interest and sophistication. Straight ahead is the social center of the home – the family room and kitchen – where you will feel like you have come home. The family room is like no other family room you have seen. The focal point of the room is the custom wall to wall, floor to ceiling brickwork including a fireplace, all created from repurposed brick. A dark stained wood mantel offsets the brick and provides a spot for displaying family photos or art. The family room and kitchen are open to each other, creating one huge space for living and entertaining. An oversized furniture-style island may physically separate the family room from the kitchen, but they are really just one large, open room. This open layout is ideal for entertaining, where conversation can flow without interruption, but is also perfect for everyday life. Parents can keep an eye on kids in the family room while prepping or cooking in the kitchen. Kids can do their homework in the spacious breakfast room or at the breakfast bar under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad. Stainless steel appliances including a Five Star six-burner range are featured in the kitchen as well as granite countertops and a glass tiled backsplash. The island also provides space for staging or serving while entertaining. A walk-in pantry with built-in shelving can hold and store everything your family needs.
Beyond the family room is a wonderful screened-in porch, acting as an extension of the family room and living space. You can entertain, relax, or dine outdoors no matter what the weather is outside. The screened porch looks out onto a grilling deck and lush backyard, which is fenced for privacy for families or pet owners. Trees have been carefully placed to provide complete privacy. A swingset sits above a bed of rubber mulch and overlooks a level grassy area and a patio. You can imagine how many barbeques and parties this backyard has seen, and how many famous friends might have walked these grounds. Speaking of famous folks…
THE ENCORE: THE GUEST SUITE/RECORDING STUDIO
This is where the magic happens! The guest suite has been beautifully transformed into a recording studio where Needlz has produced hits for many talented artists, including Drake, Rita Ora, Lonely Island, and Bruno Mars. Most recently, Needlz produced Jeremih’s single entitled “OUI” – it was the #1 Urban and Rhythmic record this summer. It was also featured in this Apple Commercial. The guest suite sits above the garage and has its own private entrance, ideal for guests who want to keep a low profile. The guest suite would make a great office for someone who sees clients – they won’t have to walk through your house. The studio suite has hardwood floors, a full bath, a kitchenette, and a walk-in closet, which is currently being used as a recording booth. The soundproofing panels can easily be removed to reveal two windows overlooking the gated driveway. The back side of the guest suite opens to a vaulted deck with a barrel ceiling overlooking the backyard. Some lucky buyer is going to own a piece of Atlanta music history!
LUXURY PLUS PRACTICALITY
Upstairs, an open loft area sits at the top of the hardwood staircase – add a couch, flat screen, and game consoles for a fun game area; add some overstuffed chairs and books and make a reading nook; add some bean bag chairs and pillows and make a space where kids and teens will want to hang out with their friends.
The oversized master suite will become your retreat. A lighted double trey ceiling looks down onto the bedroom, large enough for a king-sized bed and a sitting area. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the walk-in closet – the homeowners renovated the closet last year and added an organizing system courtesy of California Closets, consisting of drawers, shelves, shoe cubbies, and cabinets. The master bath offers a six foot jetted tub and huge walk-in shower with stone tilework, a frameless glass door and dual shower-heads, plus separate his and hers granite-topped vanities.
In addition to the master suite, there are three secondary bedrooms upstairs, all with walk-in closets. One bedroom has a private full bath, while a Jack & Jill bath with dual sinks connects the other two bedrooms. There’s a hall closet and a conveniently located laundry room, also with it’s own closet. This desirable floorplan, with all the bedrooms located away from the main living area, is really ideal for any family configuration.
The homeowners finished the terrace level last year, bringing the square footage of the home to over 6300 to fit their growing family’s needs. The terrace level was designed with entertainment in mind. A spacious family/media room boasts a wall of built-ins and a space for your flat screen tv, and a wet bar with cabinetry, open shelving, and two beverage coolers sits adjacent – ready for a screening of the newest #1 music video. The terrace level also has a dedicated workout room, two oversized bedrooms, and a full bath. Families will enjoy having this space, but so will those who love to entertain guests who need a little extra privacy.
The Cains were introduced to the home a few years ago while visiting friends who lived in it, and just fell in love with the area. When the friends were ready to sell, the Cains were ready to buy. Brookhaven is home to friendly residents, tons of places within walking distance, and unparalleled culture. It is with heavy hearts that the family has decided to relocate to another part of the city, especially because renovating what they thought would be their final home was a major labor of love. Whether it was chance, luck, or destiny that originally brought them to Brookhaven to renovate this home, the homeowners know that it’s in the stars for a new family to reap the rewards of their dedication to perfection, and their pursuit to create a little piece of heaven right here in Brookhaven.
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